From the author of “Shotgun Lovesongs” Nickolas Butler comes “Beneath The Bonfire” a collection of stories. Some of the titles include: “The Chainsaw Soiree”, “Rainwater”, “Morels”, “Leftovers” and “Apples” to name a few. This book contains a Midwestern flair that the author is known for.
Just in time for summer! A book by Nancy Thayer (“Island Girl”, “Summer Breeze”, “Heat Wave”). “The Guest Cottage” features Sophie Anderson, a thirty-six year old mother of two. When her husband announces he wants a divorce, she moves with her children to a cottage in Nantucket. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the cottage has also been rented to Trevor Black, a widowed father who is left raising his young son. Will Sophie and Trevor share more than the vacation cottage when summer is over?
Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor, A Master Class On Mentoring, Motivating And Making It Work” by Tim Gunn is the latest offering from the Project Runway mentor. He offers personal accounts of teachable moments in his life in addition to some dish on celebrity encounters.
Another new celebrity book is “George Harrison, Behind The Locked Door” by Graeme Thomson shows the often unseen side of “the quiet Beatle”. It sheds a light on the guitar player, the spiritual searcher, the father & son, reluctant superstar and many more. It displays that his personal legacy is found in more than his music.
“The Whistle Blower” by Bob Katz is a different kind of sports book, it focus on the referee in the world of college basketball. Katz follows NCAA’ best referee, Ed Hightower and offers up a new perspective on the job of perhaps the most overlooked person on the floor.
The baseball season is underway!
“Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story” by Joe Niese is the well-researched story of Wisconsin native Andy Pafko, a professional baseball player. Pafko began his career in September 1943 when he joined the Chicago Cubs. Subsequently he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Milwaukee Braves. He made significant contributions to the clubs he played for, earning five All-Star player awards as both an outfielder and third baseman.
“Gil Hodges: A Hall Of Fame Life” by Mort Zachter tells the story of a man who exhibited integrity and honor in all aspects of his life. The New York City icon played with the Brooklyn Dodgers as a first baseman. Later he managed the Washington Senators and in 1969 he took the “Miracle Mets to a World Series Championship. He also contributed civically be joing the Marines and serving during World War II.
“An Uncomplicated Life: A Father’s Memoir Of His Exceptional Daughter” by Paul Daugherty tells of his daughter Jillian who has Down Syndrome. He tells stories about Jillian making her way through the world, being helped by parents who are resolved to help her achieve her full potential. The author states: “Jullian was born on October 17, 1989. It was the last bad day.”
A contemporary military story is “Ashley’s War: The Untold Story Of A Team Of Women Soldiers On The Special Ops Battlefield” by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. It tells the story of women that were selected to work alongside the men in Afghanistan. They were able to access places the men couldn’t. The author uses first-hand accounts and the understanding of the complexities of war to tell the story of CST-2, a special operations force comprised of women.